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Near and dear to my heart, Smeargle has been missing from Pokémon GO. The Ditto of the Johto region, Smeargle’s debut into the game had to be special. On top of that, incorporating the Pokémon’s iconic move, Sketch, had to be executed perfectly.

New camera features have been slowly added to Pokémon GO this month. Among the updates, a new startup screen was discovered and it featured Smeargle. Where can you catch one though? Will this Pokémon be tied to research tasks or Raid Battles? Not this time around! Niantic is letting Smeargle run wild in everyone’s art studio, photoshoots included.

Starting now, there’s a chance you may have an intruder during your photo session in-game. Smeargle can appear and “photobomb” shots you take. After encountering this cute interaction, a Smeargle will spawn nearby. Then it’s back to the regular old method of throwing Poké Balls and berries to catch the ‘mon.


Currently, The Silph Road is reporting that Smeargle’s moveset is influenced by the species of the Pokémon you were photographing.

Good luck in finding Smeargle while you snap away!


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Written by Jennifer Burch

Illustrator, designer, writer and big Nintendo geek, you can find Jennifer with an N3DS within reach 24/7. As the oldest of three, she has survived many Mario Party, Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart sessions intact in addition to getting her brothers hooked on some really weird games. (Cubivore anyone?)